Fourth of July isn't all about barbecues and fireworks. It's also about freedom, liberty and the birthday of our country. Teach your kids about the history of Independence Day by reading books, quotes, poems and other anecdotes.
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Fourth of July quotes
“All men are created equal...„
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward for evermore.
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.
One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore!
America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact — the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
Fourth of July poems
I Hear America Singing
I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
The Landlord's Tale. Paul Revere's Ride
Listen, my children, and you shall hear
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